Nuclear medicine technologists prepare and administer radioactive substances using a variety of equipment to perform diagnostic tests on patients.
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Nuclear medicine technologists work in hospitals, physician’s offices and clinics. They are trained to perform diagnostic studies on patients under the supervision of a physician. Nuclear medicine technologists work with imaging equipment such as gamma cameras and are skilled in using radioactive substances in the human body to obtain pictures of organs, tissues, and other areas. They keep records and reports of studies and procedures. They interact with patients and physicians on a regular basis. Nuclear medicine technologists usually work 40 hours a week and may need to work evenings or weekends.
High school students should study mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology. A high school diploma or equivalent is required for entry into a program. Formal training is offered through hospitals, colleges, universities and vocational/technical schools. Students can enroll in programs that last from 1 to 4 years, and receive either a certificate, associate degree or bachelor’s degree. Individuals with prior experience in the health field such as Medical Technologists or Radiologic Technologists, may enroll in the 1-year programs. Course work in a nuclear medicine technology program covers anatomy, physiology, radiation exposure and protection, procedures, radiopharmaceutical use, and imaging techniques. Upon completion of an accredited program, graduates must pass an examination and meet other requirements before becoming registered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) or the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board.
Lakeshore Technical College
Medical College of Wisconsin
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
Froedtert Lutheran Memorial Hospital
Marshfield Laboratories – St. Joseph’s Hospital and Marshfield Clinic
St. Luke's Medical Center, Milwaukee
American Society for Radiation Oncology
8280 Willow Oaks Corporate Dr., Suite 500
Fairfax, VA, 22031
703/502-1550 or 800/962-7876
American Society of Radiologic Technologists
15000 Central Ave. SE
Albuquerque, NM, 87123-3909
505/298-4500 or 800/444-2778
Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board
Northlake, Building I
Tucker, GA, 30084-4009
404/315-1739 or 800/659-3953
Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM)
1850 Samuel Morse Dr.
Reston, VA, 20190
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